Hello, it’s Alex again – Alissa’s boyfriend. As you may remember from last week, we just moved cross-country. Now we’ve gotten a challenge from Apartment Guide, to host a Tailgating at Home party next week! This is no small task. We’ve gotten the apartment live-able, but frankly, it’s still a mess – we’ve only been here three weeks.
Regardless, Alissa and I will take the challenge! Apartment Guide will help me host the party (see Disclaimer below), and will also give away a $100 American Express gift card to one lucky reader who tells us about their apartment’s pre-party transformation.
What’s Apartment Guide? Aside from being the sponsor of this event, it’s an all-in-one website for apartment dwellers, both those seeking new digs and those getting comfortable. For example, if you’re looking for a new place, you can use their website or Facebook page to search listings. If you’re settling in, like Alissa and I are, they have tips on how to decorate your new apartment and, most apropos, how to host a football party for all your friends. Basically, as you can see from their site, Apartment Guide has a lot of great advice.
So here’s how we’ll set up the competition: As far as I see it, having a great party is a great way to get your apartment into shape. Because, especially after you move, who has time to go beyond “good enough”? And then good enough becomes “normal,” and normal becomes, well… I once slept on a futon mattress on the floor of my bedroom for three straight years, just because it worked for a while, beds are expensive, and who needs a proper bed? I’m trying not too fall into that trap this time, but so far, it’s got me. As you can see, here is my “nightstand.”
But how do you avoid this trap? Take up the challenge to have a housewarming party. For me, a born-and-raised Nebraskan who just moved back to the Midwest, it’s only natural that my party be a Tailgating at Home party at which we’ll be watching the Wisconsin/Nebraska NCAA Football Game and snacking on a batch of tailgate-friendly food.
So far, I’ve been using the Apartment Guide website for tips on how to arrange the space. For example, it doesn’t always take much to make a room. This is the “before” picture from my foyer. As you can see, it’s functional. Umbrellas in a trashcan, hats in a crate, and a box to hold the stuff up. It’s also ugly and cluttered.
However, with one small purchase – the chest – I was able to transform it into this: Everything else in the photo I already owned but had yet to unpack. The chest was selected so that it would hold a vase, as well as mail, and also so that it had plenty of containers into which I could put Alissa’s and my hats and gloves.
And now the foyer is ready for guests to arrive! Describe for us a similar transformation to enter our $100 giveaway competition: If you’ve just moved, or just had a party or both, describe in the comments section your most recent apartment transformation. For your entry to be valid, you must also like Apartment Guide on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. The randomly-selected winner will receive a $100 American Express Gift Card that can be used pretty much everywhere!
I know I’ll be using Apartment Guide for tips on decorating. Next week, I’ll share my own tips, post photos of our party in our fully moved-in, adult apartment. We’ll give you the next two weeks to enter the contest and we’ll announce the $100 giveaway winner on October 11!
It should be fun – go Huskers!
Oh, and PS — we’d love you to also like My First Apartment on Facebook.
Disclosure: Apartment Guide is owned by Consumer Source, Inc. Apartment Guide partnered with bloggers such as me to participate in its “Tailgating at Home”Blogger Challenge. As part of that program, I received compensation. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products used for the “Tailgating at Home”Blogger Challenge. Apartment Guide and Consumer Source believe that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Consumer Source’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.